Jesus knew what they were thinking and asked, "Why are you thinking these things in your hearts?
Which is easier: to say, 'Your sins are forgiven,' or to say, 'Get up and walk'?
But that you may know that the Son of Man1 has authority on earth to forgive sins . . ." He said to the paralyzed man, "I tell you, get up, take your mat and go home."
Immediately he stood up in front of them, took what he had been lying on and went home praising God.
Everyone was amazed and gave praise to God.2 They were filled with awe and said, "We have seen remarkable things today."
After this, Jesus went out and saw a tax collector by the name of Levi sitting at his tax booth. "Follow me,"3 Jesus said to him,
and Levi got up, left everything and followed him.4
Then Levi held a great banquet for Jesus at his house, and a large crowd of tax collectors5 and others were eating with them.
But the Pharisees and the teachers of the law who belonged to their sect6 complained to his disciples, "Why do you eat and drink with tax collectors and 'sinners'?"7
Jesus answered them, "It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick.
I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance."8